Figure 2: Identifying tire pressure sensor components.

TPMS -- 2011-13 Chrysler 200

The tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) monitors air pressure in the four road tires (excludes spare). Pressure in the spare tire is not monitored. There are two tire pressure monitoring systems available, a base system and a premium system. The base system does not specify how many tires are low or where they are located. The premium system does so.

CEO Michael Zuieback personally gave some of the Discount Tire employees rides at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway prior to the Pit Crew Challenge, a yearly event hosted by Chairman Bruce Halle. Zuieback races in various spec Porsche series.

The Future of Discount Tire

When he joined Discount Tire in 2001 as assistant vice president of strategic planning, Michael Zuieback focused on “capturing the values of the company,” as he puts it.


A Simple Technique to Compete with the Big Boys

Every tire dealer in America competes against strong, established, online tire providers. Most independent tire dealers also compete with the largest independent “tires only” retailer in the country, and many compete directly with Sam’s, Costco and other membership warehouse clubs.


Demand Trends are Holding Strong Despite Lack of Harsh Winter Weather

According to the results of our dealer survey, demand for replacement tires increased in November. Indeed, from a volume standpoint the dealers reported they sold 0.6% more tires in November on a year-over-year basis, following a 0.1% increase in October and a 0.6% increase in September.

The 2016 presidential election might lead the evening news, but Mitchell doesn’t expect it to alter consumer purchasing or affect the tire industry.

‘Will We See a Recession?’

Raw material prices dropped so significantly in 2015 that the one thing everyone expected to happen during the year never materialized. Tire prices didn’t go up.

Devastating floods in October damaged roads in MTD’s NAC member Tripp Lee’s hometown of Sumter, S.C. Repair and cleanup will continue well into next year. Photo by Keith Gedamke/The Sumter Daily Item.

What’s Up With Consumer Tire Prices?

Each month we ask members of our National Advisory Council (NAC) a question or questions on a current hot topic. This month we asked, “How have the tariffs on Chinese consumer tire imports affected pricing in your area?” Here are some of their responses.

As one of the millennials leading the Ohio Tire and Automotive Association, President Colin Gallagher feels the group is “on a launchpad.”

Enticing Tire Dealers Into Action: Ohio Group Thrives on Young Leaders

The struggles of the New Jersey State Tire Dealers Association are not unique. In September the group announced it was suspending activity due in large part to lack of interest from independent tire dealers. In big bold letters New Jersey leaders told its membership that it “needs new blood to join the board of directors and lead our organization into the future.”

Continental’s entry level service tool for performing system resets and clearing diagnostic codes will be available at a fraction of a scan tool investment in the middle of 2016.

Technologies Transforming Automotive Service Were on Display at AAPEX

Automotive technology is moving at warp speed these days. Exhibitors at the 2015 Automotive Aftermarket Product Expo (AAPEX) did more than spotlight tools and products to help shops keep up with today’s technologies. They also gave visitors to their booths a heads-up on the innovations coming down the pipeline.

Hee Se Ahn, president of Hankook Tire America Corp., says the new Laufenn brand surpassed expectations for growth in its first year.

2015 SEMA Show -- Tires, Tools and Technology

With upwards of 2,300 exhibit booths showcasing thousands of products, the annual four-day Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is an extravaganza of choice for attendees involved in the automotive industry. Yet some trends that speak to the over-arching preoccupations of tire dealers emerged from the abundance of products on display at this year’s edition, which ran Nov. 3-6 in Las Vegas.

“We have worked hard on creating a more green product,” says JK Tyre’s Dr. Raghupati Singhania, who was among the 2015 Tire Industry Hall of Fame inductees.

A look at India’s JK Tyre -- Chairman stresses technology and social responsibility

When Dr. Raghupati Singhania, chairman and managing director of JK Tyre & Industries Ltd., was inducted into the Tire Industry Hall of Fame in November, he was not alone. His elder brother, Hari Shankar Singhania, who died in 2013, was with him in spirit. So were late family members dating back to the early part of the 20th Century, including his grandfather and great-grandfather.

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